Bethesda | Chevy Chase
Bethesda is home to the headquarters of multinational and domestic powerhouses. Lockheed Martin, Coventry Healthcare and Marriott International are all based here. PNC Bank, Capital One, Charles Schwab and Fidelity all have regional offices here. In 2022, Marriott, the world’s largest hotel company, will move its corporate headquarters to downtown Bethesda, bringing with it over 3,000 employees, 22 stories of office space, an additional hotel with more than 200 rooms, and 800 onsite parking spaces. What it’s also bringing: renewed excitement over a wave of development designed to further transform the Maryland neighborhood.
Most of what visitors think of as Bethesda – the crowded intersection of East-West Highway, Georgetown Road, and Wisconsin Avenue or the shopping area near Woodmont Triangle – is only a small part of the neighborhood. Much of Bethesda proper is devoted to residential developments including Woodburn, Whitehall Manor, and Woodhaven. Bethesda is home to winding streets lined with grand manors and single-family homes in developments noted for their good schools (such as Bethesda Chevy-Chase High School and Walt Whitman High School). Whether you live in east or west Bethesda, however, home prices are skyrocketing.
Bethesda Row, a trendy and hip shopping area in the neighborhood, features such shops as Barnes and Noble, Apple, Aveda, LuluLemon and dozens of other shops and boutiques. Fine dining and shopping is never an issue in the community. Neither is choice between a plethora of Starbucks, CVS, Giant, Whole Foods, local coffee shops, dry cleaning firms, stylists, doctors, dentists and CPA firms.
Of course, Bethesda is also home to the Congressional Country Club. This course is recognized as one of the most prestigious clubs in the world. It has hosted four major golf championships, including the 2011 United States Open.
There is much to see and do in this neighborhood. Residents flock to its townhouses, its condominiums and its single-family unit homes. Long neighborhoods provide a residential community that is close to the action of both downtown Bethesda and Washington, D.C. The convenience and diversity create a magnet which pull Washingtonians straight toward its direction.
The neighborhood is bounded on the north by I-495 and on the south by the District/Maryland line at Western Avenue. Generally speaking, the western boundaries of the neighborhood follow the curve of I-495 and Cabin John Parkway, Massachusetts Avenue, and Sagamore Road. The eastern side of the neighborhood is a bit more jagged, with boundaries following I-495 and Rockville Pike (excluding Chevy Chase).
About Chevy Chase
The community of Chevy Chase, which lies on the Maryland side of the boundary with Washington, D.C. is a neighborhood of enchantments. Some of the region’s top shops, restaurants, cinemas, bars and clubs are found here as is some of the area’s top real estate. It’s lively and fun. It’s hip and high-end. And, it’s always active and enticing.
The naming of this neighborhood has always been the subject of some debate. A common tale told of its namesake revolves around a battle that occurred in Great Britain in the year 1388. Lord Percy of England and the Earl Douglas of Scotland fought over “chaces” or hunting grounds around the Cheviot Hills of Northumberland and Otterburn. When Colonel Joseph Belt obtained the lands that create Chevy Chase from Lord Baltimore on July 10, 1725, he patented the name “Cheivy Chase” for the area. Other derivations of this story exist.
The neighborhood is full of high-end shops and specialty boutiques. Gucci, Tiffany and Company, Louis Vuiton, Saks Fifth Avenue and Saks Jandel create retail walls lining both sides of Wisconsin Avenue. Closer to the nexus of the original Chevy Chase settlement, on Connecticut Avenue, specialty boutiques and local markets dominate. Rock Creek Park buttresses the neighborhood and provides idyllic settings for picnics, hikes and other outdoor activities.
Chevy Chase is not only full of Starbucks and fashionistas. It is a neighborhood through and through as is evidenced by myriad homes throughout the area. Townhomes, single-family houses and condo units abound. They have distinctive styles and represent the diversity of the neighborhood. Some are elderly and full of history – the mansions that first inhabited the region. Some are modern and flashy – they illustrate the modernity that Chevy Chase has developed and will continue to chase.
The Chevy Chase residential neighborhood has been a favorite of Washingtonians for over a century. Today, mirroring its founders’ original vision of providing residents all of the conveniences and beauty the area has to offer, it stays true to its original conception.